Lil' Sain
05-07-2007, 03:15 AM
Whitch one do you think.

Zidane- Strong and could steal to get some of the best items in the game plus thiefery can hit 9999 after some use.

Steiner strong and and very usingfull with swordmagic

Viv-i strong magic :P

dagger/gernet/sarah- strong with summoms plus can heal

freya- strong plus can'y be hurt when the air and has the ability to heal. perfect character all way around

quina- very usful can hit 9999 everytime, can heal and has meny other ability's

eiko- strong white magic and can use sommons plus can heal

amerant- very strong and possibly the best healer in the game

05-07-2007, 05:21 AM

05-07-2007, 05:28 AM
I never used Freya ;-; but for me it'd have to be Garnet. Her healing definitely comes in handy, and she killed Necron for me with Bahamut. xD

05-07-2007, 05:39 AM
I never used Freya ;-; but for me it'd have to be Dagger. Her healing definitely comes in handy

Can't stand the name Garnet, but love the character. Hair hacking, FTW. Haven't seen anything that great since Rachael in Blow Dry xD

05-07-2007, 07:29 AM
I used Zidane, Vivi, Garnet and Quina o Steiner

05-07-2007, 01:20 PM
Without thinking about it? Zidane. Given that he's in the party pretty much all the time, he usually ends up being one of the highest-leveled characters (given you don't just kill him off), whether you want him to be or not. Everyone else might end up neglected. His stats are also nicely balanced so that his HP grows very nicely, as does his defense and strength. Zidane's biggest weakness is that he has no good healing skills.

The other character who turns out to be particularly helpful for me is Quina. But his usefulness in battle depends on how well his Blue Magic collection is built up.

Early on, Freya is the one to look towards for usefulness. She gets Reis Wind early on, which heals while Dagger is out of the team, and later on is Dragon's Crest, which does awesome amounts of constant damage. She also has nice HP and MP stats, in addition to both HP+ and MP+ abilities.

Midway through the game, my big player is Amarant, since Chakra rocks the world by being able to restore HP and MP in one swipe. Plus, like Zidane, his HP grows nicely along with his high defense and strength stats.

05-07-2007, 01:26 PM
Zidane is a very useful character in battle and perhaps the most reliable of them all. Zidane is a well-balanced character and you can always count on him to do some serious damage.

I agree with Kurohime, early on, Freya's Lance ability is priceless, and Quina's Blue Magic comes in handy when you're caught in sticky situations.

Towards the end of the game, I almost always rely on Zidane, Eiko, Quina and Amarant to do the most damage, but Vivi and Steiner are also very capable of dishing out some serious damage. The only character I found to be irrelevant was Garnet. Eiko can do pretty much everything she can, and she's better at it, too.

05-07-2007, 03:48 PM
Garnet is useful especially when she summons the eidolons because Auto-Regen has a chance to restore a large amount of HP when your party's low in them.

I like Freya and her abilities too.

Steiner's not very useful if you don't have Vivi in your party.

05-07-2007, 04:06 PM
Garnet is useful especially when she summons the eidolons because Auto-Regen has a chance to restore a large amount of HP when your party's low in them.

I like Freya and her abilities too.

Steiner's not very useful if you don't have Vivi in your party.
1) Garnet is useless compared to Eiko. Seriously, compare their abilities and you'll see what I mean. You'd be crazy to prefer Garnet over Eiko, in battle.

2) Steiner is most definitely not useless without Vivi, seriously, do you have any idea how much damage he can dish out?

05-07-2007, 05:33 PM
Eiko has better support and healing magic than Dagger, but if they're at the same level, Dagger is more useful when it comes to fighting. It's easier to get one of Dagger's Eidolons to do damage compared to Phoenix or Madeen. Plus in battle Dagger has the advantage of the non-elemental Bahamut, whereas Eiko's damaging spells are elemental. Dagger also has a higher magic stone count, which means she can equip more support abilities and make her less vulnerable in battle.

Eiko is definitely more useful if you need her support magic. She's defintiely the better white mage. Being able to raise more than one KO'ed character in one turn with Phoenix = GOOD. Being able to cast a party-wide reflect/protect/shell spell with Carbunkle = GOOD (I don't have to waste ability stones with Auto-reflect or use four turns to cast magic on everyone). Double-casting trance = FRIKKEN' HELLYEAH!!!

But, since I usually only need Eiko's magic on special occasions and Bank Holidays, and would rather have my mages killing things, I tend to use Dagger a lot more than Eiko.

05-07-2007, 05:40 PM
My point being that using summons in this game is completely and utterly waste of time and effort. I don't recall ever needing Garnet to do anything, and I don't even use Eiko's Eidolons as all I ever really need is her healing and her Holy attack. If people like using Garnet, that is fine, but personally, I think she's completely irrelevant in battle as she does nothing but take up a space in my party. Because of the many support abilities, I just don't see a reason as to why I should use her.

05-07-2007, 06:06 PM
And by that token, since fighters can do more damage than the Holy spell can (and FREE, at that, since physical attack = no MP cost), and items that can do the same thing any healing magic does...

My point being Eiko is no more useful than Dagger is. ;)

05-07-2007, 06:18 PM
Don't compare the fighters to the mages, because that is completely beside the point if you've chosen to use either one of them (Eiko or Garnet).

Fine, you don't think she's any more useful than Dagger is, but I do, and I still think that Garnet is useless in battle compared to Eiko.

YOU LIKE GARNET, AND I LIKE EIKO. Whatever shall we do, my dear? xD

05-08-2007, 05:27 AM
1) Garnet is useless compared to Eiko. Seriously, compare their abilities and you'll see what I mean. You'd be crazy to prefer Garnet over Eiko, in battle.

2) Steiner is most definitely not useless without Vivi, seriously, do you have any idea how much damage he can dish out?

Well it's just my preference to use Garnet. And sometimes, I take the character's appearance into consideration on choosing the composition of my party. My reason's pretty shallow, but it has a psychological effect on me and my gaming.

As for Steiner, I know he can deal major damage but when I'm in a battle I really like mixing things up so I like having Steiner always with Vivi. And maybe the phrase "not very useful" isn't the best description I could have given.

05-08-2007, 10:07 AM
I always use Vivi, Steiner, Zidane and Quina.

Argus Zephyrus
05-08-2007, 01:46 PM
Dragoons FTW! I'd pick Vivi as well.

05-08-2007, 02:20 PM
I always use Vivi, Steiner, Zidane and Quina.

Well if we're gonna do parties :D Zidane, Amarant, Dagger, Vivi

05-08-2007, 02:35 PM
-> Zidane, Vivi, Amarant (auto-res!), & Eiko. Last boss was easy with them o_o

J. Peterman
05-09-2007, 01:42 AM

eiko like healing stuff good but once i gets auto-regen/auto-haste near end of game whatnot no need for healing really like no need so like steiner like damage big and i am like HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I AM BIG PAPI HOME RUN then like freya i think dragon thingie do like 9999 so quina frog drop like 9999 like thievery like 4325 or whatever i like whatever this game is not as dope as Suikoden 2 though that is no disrespect suikoden 2 too great to compare imo

05-09-2007, 01:48 AM
They all have their uses. However i tend to never use Freya. Otherwise they're all balanced enough for there to not be one most useful character.

05-10-2007, 01:12 AM
I loved Vivi's magic.

05-20-2007, 07:20 AM
I prefer Zidane ,,, just equip auto-regen and auto-life and auto-reflect and its so easy....

Freya is good too,,, her magics can so lots of damage

05-21-2007, 06:04 AM
Vivi for me... if you equip pumice piece and using doomsday you beat anyone ^^ and heal up yourself :P

05-21-2007, 06:46 AM
each character has their points...

Zidane: steal is an awesome ability because it gets you some amazing items.

Dagger: I love summons and the fact that she has so many helps. Plus the added bonus of white magic....

Steiner: He definately does some major damage. When you add magic to the mix though, I'd be scared....

Vivi: 1) He's cute! 2) I must have a thing for magic. Plus double Black Magic while in trance? Sign me up!

Freya: Her jump ability is extraordinarily useful. But it hasn't saved me I'll refrain from judgement.

Eiko: She has a lot more white magic than Dagger but her summons don't do as much damage. I'm out to kill!

Amarent: I don't use him enough to really know his strengths.

Quina: Yet again, I don't use hir enough to know hir's strengths and weaknesses.

Zidane, Dagger, Steiner, and Vivi tend to be my party though.

05-22-2007, 05:17 AM
Vivi is pretty cool with his doomsday
if u have pumice wquip it to dagger and she gets the ark summon which kiks ass (not in damage it loks cool)

Lil' Sain
05-25-2007, 09:26 AM
okay. marcus lvl 80 has good stuff on him steiner is lvl 16 dagger is 15. think eiko will be good now?

06-03-2007, 04:42 PM
Zidane- does my stealing (and phys.)
Vivi-keep focusing for approx 5-10 turns, then flare or whatever
Dagger- keeps vivi alive, maybe summon
Steiner-doomsday sword.
All of this will beat any boss!
Go Vivi!!

06-08-2007, 05:44 PM
Freya is more useful(Reis Wind; Dragon's Crest) Zidane is just the powerhouse.

06-15-2007, 08:08 PM
Well for me it's Zidane because:
1 - he can steal great items against bosses;
2 - he is a well balanced fighter so you can have him deal a great amount of dmg and he's also able to endure alot of dmg.
3 - for me the most important - his trance ability, definitly the strongest trance user - when I first played the game when all my other party members where down, zidane in trance mode alone defeated most of the bosses.

Lil' Sain
06-20-2007, 01:52 AM
game always wants main character to be best

07-17-2007, 01:23 PM
My usual four was Zidane Steiner Vivi and Garnet - Zidanes ultimate weapon was deadly and hit 9999 every time, as did Steiner, and Vivi's magic was awesome.

Its a shame not every character could equip HP & MP plus abilities, Vivi died a lot towards the end of the game and i was about level 85-90.

I just had garnet on standby and also indirect magic such as shell regen and haste.

Trance Moogle
07-21-2007, 04:52 PM
I say Quina is the most useful, his/her blue magic can be very useful especially for leveling up, defense, and offense. To beat kuja and necron, Quina helped out a great deal by using frog drop inflicting max damage for only 10 or 20 mp (I think it was twenty). The mighty guard was also useful for defense even though I never used it, and level 5 death can be used against strong monsters like the grand dragon to get lots of experience.

07-22-2007, 12:01 AM
It's bin long since I played the last time but I think for me it was
Zidane - Freya - vivi - Eiko or something like that.

And I tend to say that either Vivi or Freya are the most useful, Vivi (obiviously) because he is a black mage, and Freya because of the skills, and one time (during the last battle I think) it actually saved me that I had her in the air becaus all out of a sudden the boss nuked my party (forgot how he did that, but it surprised me. a lot.) and freya was still alive. :)

07-22-2007, 12:45 AM
Me vote garnet as the best.

07-24-2007, 03:45 PM
Has to be amarant, strong, cunning and a great healer

08-02-2007, 07:13 PM
Eiko, I Always used her, specially because of her summon skills and White Magic, Phoenix owns.

10-07-2007, 06:12 AM
i think vivi is the most useful because he can do 1st 9999 constant magic dmg with auto-reflect on all chars....

10-09-2007, 05:22 PM
Once my boys and girls were trained up I got the most value out of Zidane (Thievery - 9999), Freya (Dragon's Crest - 9999).

10-20-2007, 07:45 PM
Amarant was my fav to use, not only did he have strong attacks but he had some pretty helpful magic up his sleeve, and when he hit trance everything doubled. As far as a party goes I used zidane, eiko, amarant and vivi, sometimes steiner and once in awhile freya. I never used Quina or Garnet unless I needed to, with the way that I prefer to play those two were pretty much usless. Quina was good when you had all his blue magic and leveled up well, but I took a liking to the more physical fighting characters. As far as Eiko's summon madeen...9999 everytime even when shortened for me ;)

10-25-2007, 11:03 AM

Hes just got such a powerful attack speciall during disk 3 for me anyway hes just so useful! :D

10-25-2007, 11:42 AM
Vivi, for sure! Ever played FF1 or 2 with 4 Black Mages? :cool:

12-04-2007, 09:47 PM
Im not sure how it happened but my team was Zidane, Vivi, Steiner and Amarent. I just used healing items (witch quickly dried up near the end of the game) and auto-regen. worked all the game until Ultimos or whatever his name was (not necron, he was a piece of cake). I have won the game like 3 times and the only difference Ive ever made to my team was to remove steiner for garnet, didnt like it but finnished the game like that anyway.

12-05-2007, 08:40 AM
I pick Zidane, its the character I use for most of the game. I don't like the FF9 characters too much, but this is a good one. Zidane is the monkey boy from another planet, same as Kuja..

12-08-2007, 07:52 AM
"Useful" is a pretty ambiguous term, for the record. However...

In terms of utility, Amarant is by far the best. He can do pretty much everything well, depending on how you set his abilities. He can play the tank and smash face, he can do a bit of magic (No Mercy!), he can heal (Chakra and the healer ability), and he's fairly fast, unlike Steiner.

If you want sheer power, than Zidane is clearly the best. Thievery's the cheapest (MP-wise) of the auto quad-9 attacks, and failing that, Dyne isn't anything to sneeze at, either. He's also your fastest character, which means MOAR BEATZ WIT THIEVERY!1!

12-20-2007, 10:28 AM
im gonna have to go with Amarant. he has an ability that can restore mp and IMO nothing gets better than that. i used freya amarant eiko and zidanethrough most the game. using amarant to heal mp most of the time and having eiko use holy and freya use dragon crest i constanly see 9999 pop up on the screen. its weird though my freya's dragon crest went from doing 3000+ to 9999 in 2 levels.....i dont recall changing any equip or skills either

12-24-2007, 08:37 PM
Vivi, because it was most useful in hardest part of the game - the beginning :D

12-26-2007, 02:54 AM
For me amarant is more useful because he heals HP and MP, he throw weapons and ninja's stuff, he returns magic (one of his abilitys) and he has a strong attack.

Quina is very useful too, white wind is the best heal magic of the game!

Dot Centaur
02-09-2008, 01:12 AM
I voted for the Garnet til Alexandros, hands down.

I like her not only for her healing, but her powerful summons were quite useful too.

My main part was Zidane, Garnet, Eiko, and either Steiner or Vivi.

02-09-2008, 02:46 PM
freya for me!!at the last battle with necron...he uses one of his idiotic skills that does heavy damage all mi party except freya was in jump state....soo miss her completely...

Dot Centaur
02-09-2008, 06:49 PM
Um you know that Freya is a woman right? o__O

02-09-2008, 07:05 PM
Um you know that Freya is a woman right? o__O

yea sryy !!!it seems my 's' is not working well .....

02-27-2008, 04:57 PM
Vivi's Doomsday coupled with armor that absorbs Dark = pure pwnage.

I found Vivi to be the most useful character in battle. His trance magic is AMAZING.

02-27-2008, 04:59 PM
Also, Freya is a really powerful character for two reasons:

1. Jump - Freya can temporarily leave the battle and effectively dodge attacks.

2. Varied skills - she can do huge damage and even heal the entire party. She also has a good speed stat I hear.

03-01-2008, 08:30 PM
Stop double-posting. Zidane's way faster than Freya and Vivi, and Amarant's more versatile. He's faster, too.

03-01-2008, 08:59 PM
Getting Frog Drop to do 9999 was a bit of a pain, but once you did it, it wiped the floor with basically anything for 10 MP. Add to that Lv5 death against Grand Dragons for levelling up, Mighty Guard, White Wind, and Limit Glove, Quina was simply awesome.

03-01-2008, 10:15 PM
Eiko or Amarant I would say. Both can dish out large damage and have good support abilities.

03-02-2008, 11:07 AM
Freya is a great character to use, I'm not sure why people don't use her often, she has great support and offensive skills, but her jump and trance kinda sucks in my opinion. Dragon's Crest should be dealing 9999 by the beginning of disc 4 from all the dragons being killed. Extremely useful MP restoring skill White Draw. High HP, good MP. Key Skills: White Draw, Reis' Wind, Dragon's Crest, Cherry Blossom.

Garnet is a good support and offence magic character, but her summons can take long with boost on especially Ark. has basic-advanced curative white magic, and most of status afflicting white magic. Her trance sucks in my opinion but trances aren't that important. Can deal good damage with Tiger Racket. So-so HP, high MP. Key Skills: Odin, Bahamut, Curaga, Life.

Eiko rivals with Garnet. Has better White Magic but weaker or situational summons, can have better stats through Marcus/Eiko glitch and has a trance that enables two white magic spells in one turn (double healing, dispell, status affliction, holy). Garnet benefits from Rackets more than Eiko. Low HP, high MP. Key Skills: Curaga, Holy, Dispell, Carbuncle, Phoenix, Fenrir, Full-Life.

Vivi is the best magic offence character in the game. Low HP, high MP. Trance, like Eiko's enables two black magic spells in one turn (19998 flare :) ) weak to reflect and reflect x2 is very costly. Doomsday, a great way to beat Ozma :). Key Skills: Flare, Doomsday, Meteor, Bio, Comet, F/B/Tga, Water.

Quina is the blue mage character of the game and as a blue mage, is both great in magic and physical attacks. Has great support and so-so healing magic, situational and constantly used magic attacks and good physical attacks which can benefit from counter. Trance sucks after obtaining all blue magic spells, easy lvl up and gil gaining and good HP and MP. Key Skills: Frog Drop, Limit Glove, Auto Life, White Wind, Angel's Snack, Level 5 Death, Mighty Guard.

Amarant is a character with great physical attacks and abilities that can help the party. His trance is extremely useful making all his flair skills target all enemies or allys. Has unique/interesting Throw ability but is kind of useless later on. Chakra heals both hp and mp. Amarant has the ability to revive characters. High HP, low MP Key Skills: Aura, No Mercy, Revive, Chakra.

I have a feeling this is way too long so ill stop now :)

03-27-2008, 04:19 AM
Freya, definitely. Personally, I hate Zidane, he annoys the hell out of me. If you killed enough of dragons through the game [there are some elder dragons or something which are great to lvl on] (I played FFIX 2 years ago, don't kill me) with one of her abilities (Dragon's Crest I think) you can make 9999 every time. Steiner with his Shock is close 2nd then Eiko with her magic. Dagger/Garnet/Byotch is stupid as hell "Dagger can't concentrate" what the hell man? My party is dying and you can't concentrate? By the way, does she ever get curaga?

My party at the end was Zidane ('cause you can't remove the monkey), Eiko, Freya and Steiner. 6289 dmg, then heal, then 9999, then 9999 :) Pwning bosses, here we come. XD